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Four Ways To Make Your Office Greener

Four Ways To Make Your Office Greener

By Lauren Bayne Anderson

April 15, 2011

APRIL 2011— Earth day is fast approaching. If you’re looking for way to go green, you don’t have to look any further than your own office.

Here, some tips and tricks to help you make your work life green every day of the year—and even make your lifestyle healthier in the process.

Maximize Your Commute—Americans spend an average of 3.7 billion hours and 23 billion gallons of gas sitting in traffic each year. But there are ways to make your commute more earth friendly. Carpooling, driving a hybrid or scooter (which takes less gas) or riding your bike are excellent options. In fact, carpooling is so effective, that if every commuter added just one more person to their commute, 8 billion gallons of gas would be saved every year. When riding your bike to work, you get the added bonus of exercise! Now you can help save the earth and skip the gym.

Bring Your Lunch—When you order takeout, you get a pile of Styrofoam containers, paper bags, plastic packing and utensils that will inevitable wind up in a landfill. Instead, bring your lunch in reusable containers. Bringing your lunch is not only healthier, but cuts down on the waste.

Use Recycled Office Supplies— Did you know that if every office worker in the UK used one less staple a day, 120 tons of steel would be saved a year? Imagine what that number is in America. There are lots of way to save around the office when it comes to supplies. Look for products with a high “post consumer content” and minimum chlorine bleaching. The production of recycled paper saves 55 percent of the water used to make regular paper, and takes 60-70 percent less energy to produce. But even recycled paper is worse than no paper at all. Whatever you can do via email or IM is great. If you have to use real paper, print on both sides. And try to reuse as much as possible—including boxes, and packing material.

Shut Down Your Computer—When you leave for the day, do you let your computer go to “standby”? If so, you’re wasting energy when you’re not even there. In fact, one study found that this type of energy use was responsible for about 10% of the total electricity use in California homes. Turn off your computer and even unplug the electronic equipment at your desk before you leave for the day.

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